Nvidia bans usage of its GPU in non-mining datacenters

From now on, non-mining data centers without appropriate manufacturer's permission will be required to use specialized solutions
09 January 2018   768

GPU manufacturer Nvidia has changed the terms of the license agreement for some products. From now on, data centers can not use certain equipment, unless they are engaged in crypto-currency mining.

In the new agreement, the company draws attention to the fact that drivers that allow computers to work with GeForce and Titan chips are not intended for use in data centers that do not handle the operations on the blockchain.

No Datacenter Deployment. The SOFTWARE is not licensed for datacenter deployment, except that blockchain processing in a datacenter is permitted.

License For Customer Use of NVIDIA GeForce Software

The document notes blockchain operations as the energy-consuming process of adding transaction blocks to the blockchain system, better known as mining. Nvidia's products, as well as its competitor AMD, are very popular among the crypto-currency miners.

From now on, data centers that do not have the appropriate manufacturer's permission will be required to use specialized solutions, the price of which is much higher. If the standard GeForce graphics card costs about $ 700, then the price of the enterprise-grade hardware, for example Tesla V100, is approaching $ 10,000.

According to The Register, Nvidia's spokesman explained that the GeForce and Titan video processors are designed for individual users, and not for large companies that constantly open data centers.

GMO Internet to Release 7nm Bitcoin Miner

Mass production is planned to begin on June 6;  shipment starting by the end of October
24 May 2018   132

Japanese IT-company GMO Internet intends to release the world's first devices for bitcoin mining based on 7-nm chips before the end of this year. This is reported by Coindesk.

The company will start production of the new B2 miner on June 6, and its deliveries will begin in late October.

The announcement was made after several months of research and development of technology for the future device. Company reported on its plans to develop ASIC miner last September. It is expected that the device will be able to provide greater computing power with less electricity, but more detailed information will be provided along with the official announcement in June.

In addition to selling B2 to other miners, GMO Internet plans to install new devices on its own farms. Last year, the company allocated $ 90 million to develop its own business in this area.